Nottingham : England paceman Stuart Broad equalled the fastest five-wicket haul in Test cricket as the hosts skittled out Australia for a mere 60 runs in their first innings on the first day of the fourth Ashes Test match here on Thursday.
Broad, a local guy, walked away with bowling figures of 8/15 but had collected his first five wickets giving away just six runs in 19 deliveries, becoming the fifth England bowler to reach 300 Test wickets, reports bbc.co.uk on Thursday.
Australia’s Ernie Toshack also took 19 balls to claim five wickets against India at Brisbane in a Test match in 1947.
Broad’s 300th victim was Australian opener Chris Rogers who was caught at slip from the third delivery of the day’s play.
Broad’s haul is the fastest five wickets taken from the start of a Test innings, surpassing the 25 balls required by South Africa’s Vernon Philander to pocket five New Zealand wickets at Cape Town in January 2013.
It was England’s third best Ashes bowling figures of all time — only beaten by Englishman Jim Laker’s 9-37 and 10-53 at Old Trafford ground in 1956.
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